Whether you rooted for the Atlanta Falcons or the New England Patriots, there was plenty to cheer about in Delaware County during Super Bowl weekend.
The “Souper Bowl of Caring,” a national youth-led non-profit organization which utilizes the weekend of the big game to mobilize young people to fight hunger in their local communities, collected over 33,000 units (and counting) of food and cash donations.
Two weekends before the Super Bowl, volunteers distributed flyers to homes in the county. On Saturday, Feb. 4th, they collected the food donations. On Sunday, over a dozen area churches held collections for the event. Then the goods were brought to four churches who were sorting, boxing and delivering items. Those receiving the “souper” bounty were St. Bernardine Center in Chester, Loaves & Fishes Pantry in Prospect Park, and Chester Eastside Ministries
“It shows that people in our community understand there are people living alongside them that are in a food insecure state,” said Joe Couchara, coordinator of the Springfield/Morton Souper Bowl of Caring,
Tom Brady wasn’t the only record setter over the weekend, Saturday’s collection alone of 25,000 units marked an all-time high for the event.
“It’s always overwhelming to see support from the volunteers,” said Couchara, of the over 200 volunteers. “They do whatever it takes to collect all the food we are supposed to. It’s a tremendous sense of understanding of what this is all about. It’s not just about collecting cans, it’s about meeting people’s needs.”